Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Low Vitamin D levels and chronic headaches...

We all know the importance of Vitamin D and now there are more and more research on the many connections it has to our health and wellness. Here is another great article regarding Vitamin D deficiency and the risk to chronic headaches....

Low Vitamin D Levels Increases the Risk for Chronic Headaches

Alan R. Jacobs, MD - August 03, 2017
Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland have published a study investigating the relationship between vitamin D status and the risk for frequent headache.[1]
They assessed 2601 men, aged 42-60 years in 1984-1989, from a population-based cohort derived from the Kuopio Ischemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study.
They made cross-sectional associations of self-reported frequent headache, defined as weekly or daily headaches and serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels.
In those with frequent headache, the average serum vitamin D concentration was 38.3 nmol/L; while in those without frequent headache, the average vitamin D concentration was 43.9 nmol/L.
Those in the lowest serum vitamin D quartile had 113% higher odds for frequent headache compared with those in the highest quartile.
The authors concluded that low serum vitamin D concentrations are associated with a markedly higher risk for frequent headaches in men.
Reference:  1) Virtanen JK, Giniatullin R, M√§ntyselk√§ P, et al. Low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D is associated with higher risk of frequent headache in middle-aged and older men. Sci Rep. 2017;7:39697.

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